The Syrian Army, in co-ordination with the paramilitary ‘Desert Hawks’ and ‘Syrian Marines’, has finally managed to re-assert control of the strategic town of Kinsibba in Northern Lattakia province after 2 days of continuous battle with Turkish- backed Islamist groups in the region.
Control of the town has been exchanged by the two warring parties over the past few weeks, and the current news of a Syrian Army victory comes as the conclusion of the most recent large scale offensive on the town, launched by Jihadist groups two days ago.
A field reporter accompanying units of the SAA confirmed that most of the fighters who stormed the town this weekend had been killed in the constant heavy shelling of the defending forces.
Several soldiers of the Syrian Army were also killed while attacking Shilf Castle, a strategic hilltop which overlooks the town of Kinsibba from its Southern side.
The field reporter also provided a short clip filmed in the town recently as proof that the army maintains control of this pivotal town (contrary to a number of claims circulated by pro-jihadist social media accounts).
Whoever controls this strategic hillside town has a significant advantage in dictating the course of battle near the Lattakia-Idlib border, as well as having the initiative with regards to any movements towards the imperative rebel-held town of Jisr Al-Shoughour. As such, Kinsibba has been a high priority for all groups in the Lattakia province – its control by the SAA robs the of their buffer zone around Idlib, suddenly exposing this stronghold to attack.